Skunk spray is incredibly powerful. It smells so bad that most predators leave skunks alone. Though skunks are nocturnal mammals that prefer to keep to themselves, they will spray when they feel threatened. The smell is nauseating and permeates the surfaces around it for days or weeks at a time. To get rid of it, you will need to ventilate the home and wash your fabrics thoroughly. For skunk removal, reach out to us at Wildlife Removal Peterborough.
You can remove the smell of skunk from clothing and fabrics by washing them in hot water with regular laundry detergent and half a cup of baking soda. The sooner you wash, the better. Then, if possible, let the clothing dry outside. Using the dryer may bake the smell into the fabric. Repeat this process if you continue to smell skunk. For a more effective wash, you can try soaking the garments in a mixture of one part white vinegar and four parts water for three hours before washing. If there is something you cannot wash in the machine, take it to a professional dry cleaner.
How to Get Skunk Smell Out of House
If your clothes smell, so does your house. Ventilate the house by opening all the windows and running fans. Then, open the curtains to let in the sunlight. The sun’s UV rays will help break down the odour. Place bowls of white vinegar in smelly rooms to absorb the odour as well. Vacuum thoroughly, then mop the floors. If there are traces of skunk spray in a rug, carpet, or piece of furniture, sponge the area with a mixture of one part hydrogen peroxide, one part baking soda, and six parts water. Blot the area repeatedly to remove the solution, then finish with a rinse of water.
Skunk-Proof the Home
Skunks like to den under decks, porches, and sheds. Females especially will come in the springtime to raise their kits. If there are skunks on your property, remove them in the summer when the babies have grown. Turn on a radio and place it near the den for a few hours every day to encourage the animals to leave. You can also point a flashlight toward the entrance of the den or surround it with cat litter. Once they are gone, dig a trench around the structure, then secure a thick steel mesh into its sides. This will stop skunks, rodents, or raccoons from digging underneath.
The most reliable way you can get rid of skunks is to hire a professional. Wildlife removers have a thorough understanding of skunk behaviour and can remove the animals safely. They have access to one-way doors and pest-proof meshes that evict skunks and keep them out for good. We offer humane, affordable, and permanent solutions to all skunk problems. Call us today if you are interested in having skunks removed or excluded from your property. Our services come with a 2-year warranty.